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Poster: Agricola Date: Jun 28, 2006 8:01pm
Forum: etree Subject: On writing reviews

The opportunity to write reviews is one of the indispensably valuable features of the LMA. This is one way of giving something back to the artists. I've been remiss lately, though, listening to shows in the car, intending to write a review, and often not getting around to it later. When I have written reviews, they've usually been to say something positive about the band or the performance. When something hasn't particularly appealed to me, I've usually chalked it up to being a matter of taste and not bothered to write a review.

In writing a review, it would be wise to be mindful of its potential impact.

I recently stepped out of character and wrote a negative review, and in pretty harsh terms. Well, the guitarist for the group wrote one himself, rightfully taking me to task for things I had said, and also providing information about the band and the performance that I had not known before. I am grateful to him for reminding me how easy it is for me to stick my foot in my mouth (or is that stick my head up my ass?), and I feel some admiration and respect for him for speaking up for himself rather than just letting it go. Interestingly, his response has sparked more curiosity about the band, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from this group. Doesn't make me appreciate the performance I heard any more than before, but I'll listen again instead of using the CD for a coaster.

In writing reviews in the future, I'll keep in mind that there are multiple ways of looking at (or hearing) a performance. Take, for example, the issue of a singer who can't sing. Then recall that Bob Dylan was much better before he learned how to sing.

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Poster: xtifr Date: Jun 28, 2006 11:36pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: On writing reviews

Yeah, I also have a hard time writing bad reviews, and find it much easier to post good reviews of the shows I like, and ignore the ones I didn't. I know this isn't ideal, but it's what ends up happening. I also try to review the show, not the band, which is tricky, especially if there are only a couple of shows by that band up, so I don't have much basis for comparison. But I've given at least a couple of good reviews to shows by bandsI didn't much like, simply because it seemed like they were enthusiastic performances that the band's fans (if any) would appreciate. If you stick to reviewing the show, not the band, though, there shouldn't be much room for the band members to complain about your reviews. Unless (e.g.) they think they really weren't off that night, and that's just a matter of opinion.

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Poster: tlaw123 Date: Jun 29, 2006 5:39pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: On writing reviews

I happend upon the review i think you are refering to...and maybe you were too harsh(althought its a very bad recording of very bad band IMHO) but the way that kid responded to you has no place on the archive....not only is your opinion just as valid as his or neone elses....he used an offensive slur that goes beyond simply disagreeing with you or trying to change your opinion.....granted i guess im not really involed here.....its just that a review is the opinion of one person on one piece of work....a negitive review (like the one in question) is just as valid as a good one...i dont think you were meanspirted in stating what you did....by posting something here you are opening yourself up to praise OR crtisism based on the reaction of the reviewer to your material.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Jun 30, 2006 7:19am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: On writing posts

A couple notes on this thread:
-Egregious comments in reviews (apparently you noticed an example somewhere) can be reported using the "error report" function on any item, so that staff can consider them

-Please don't create multi ID's for this site (a single id like darkstarnnnn suffices to post).

-Some egregious comments have been removed from this thread to stop incipient flamewar. Please be polite and mindful of the large audience in this library's forum. Thanks!

-In case of confusion on one removed comment- only various listener-patrons have posted to this thread, not members of any band(s) as far as I know.

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Poster: fishingnewwaters Date: Jun 30, 2006 8:46am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: On writing reviews

You could not say it any better. For me, just to hear the shows is amazing. Half the time I wonder who booted the show and how they did it. The ones who have the respect of the sound man have it good but when your sneaking in shows or using little equipment, I consider these people pioneers and the tradition carries on! So when I write a review on one of these boots I take into appreciation from different angles. I recently saw a post on this newer band on the Archive where someone in fact said the singer can not sing... well you know what exactly is the definition of singing? And also how well can you do it in front of at least 70,000 people (I actually dont know how many people) in an open stage day time at Bonnaroo?


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